This is one of my latest finds during my stay in Roppongi Hills in Tokyo. I can’t read Japanese, but I walked into AM/PM in the wee hours of the morning, looking for a treat. I always love trying new foods/snacks, so I reached for this cute pouch of what appeared to be fruit balls (insert joke here). To my surprise, these tiny balls were packed with fruit flavor! It’s final, they are #2 place, as my #1 place winner still goes to Haagen Daaz Crisp Sandwich (green tea).
Ever since I was a lil girl, there was always a certain level of fascination, when I stood in front of a vending machine trying to figure out my purchase. Today as an adult, you can still find me glued to the vending machines, except, the new modern version features fun & kitschy items.
I spotted this one @ The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. You can get everything from Lady Gaga rhinestone encrusted ear bugs, fashion tape, gourmet chocolate, jewelry, and even eyelashes. Although, you can find better quality, selection, & prices for falsie lashes just around the corner at Skins 6/2 Cosmetics.
I’ve traveled the world and simply adore the hot/cold drink vending machines in Tokyo. They even carry small selection of hot soups.
My 2nd runner up would be Bam! in NYC. They feature hot foods such as grilled cheese, sandwiches, and mozzarella sticks.
2010 was a fantastic year, filled with unforgettable memories. My husband and I, kicked off the year by spending a couple of weeks in pure sunshine and tropical weather. We managed to run out businesses remotely, but still had plenty of time to relax.
With pure white sand beach, green foliage, hiking paths, and crystal clear waters, Tachai Island ranks among one of the hottest new places to visit in Thailand. This serene and picturesque beach is a rare gem that has not been flooded with visitors like the Similan Islands.
You’ll have plenty of uninterrupted R&R time to sunbathe, snorkel, hike, or just float around in the ocean. You can get to Tachai Islands by speed boat, which takes 1 hr and 20 minutes each way. Trust me, it is well worth the time.
After a 1 year hiatus, JP & I managed to come back home for a visit to S’pore. Not much has changed since our last visit. High rise buildings and modern shopping plazas are still under construction in and around Orchard Road, but some things remain constant, and that’s the huge selection of delectable food & treats.
Do enjoy my photo diary of this long overdue trip back home. I’ll be posting additional photos each day.
Now here comes the food & shopping!
Back in Aug 2010, I had the chance to visit the beautiful island of Ibiza. During our stay, I had a chance to go to Privilege to see DJ Tiesto. Then in November of 2010, I ran into DJ Tiesto in Las Vegas! He was so sweet and agreed to take a photo with me. =)
Here’s one of my favorite songs & video clips from DJ Tiesto.
Thanksgiving is a wonderful excuse, to over indulge in just about everything. I truly believe that we should be thankful all year long, and not just on one day. People should make the effort to see their family and friends more often. Call me crazy, but I enjoy that warm and fuzzy feeling of good company and great food. This year, I spent this Thanksgiving with my husband and one of our friends in Las Vegas.
Thursday AM: We started off the day with morning bike to have brunch at Le Grande Orange. Both of us had the Classic Commuter Sandwich.
Thursday PM: We started off with a dinner at Switch at The Wynn Encore Hotel, then ended up hanging out at Tryst.
The following night we had dinner at Valentino at The Venetian Hotel, then went to see Le Reve at The Wynn Encore Hotel. During the daytime, my husband and I walked the strip over to Bellagio, to enjoy a hearty fare at Noodles, inside the Bellagio Hotel. On the final night before our flight back to LA, we dined at Sushi Samba at the Palazzo, and squeezed in some time at the Black Jack tables & penny slots.
$1700 later, some cute pictures, and lots of great memories, we’re now back home. Do enjoy some of my random photos from the trip.
I have to admit, Vegas is one of my favorite places to go! With a plethora of restaurants, entertainment, and gambling, Vegas is like a playground for adults. Best part is, you can indulge in just about anything, 24 hours a day!
On this trip, I realized my penchant for penny slot machines. My number game is blackjack, but I like to supplement it with some penny machine action! Had some very productive meetings, and spent my time catching up with some friends.
I had planned to go experience the CSI exhibit at the MGM Mirage, but ran out of time. Hopefully it will be there when I return.
Hope you enjoy some of my Vegas highlights!
Our spur of the moment vacation in Ibiza, was the best trip ever. With sunny skies and slightly humid weather, it was the perfect way to spend our final days of summer. The Europeans and South Americans flock from all over the world to Ibiza, to relax and also enjoy the nightlife. The beaches are packed with sun bronzed and gorgeous people of all ages. Did I mention nude sunbathing is totally acceptable?! Love it!
The Ibiza Gran Hotel is the only 5 star hotel on the island, and now I know why. The service is impeccable, and the rooms and views are incredible. There’s even a casino attached on the property, so black jack players like me can just stumble over. 😉
The food is delicious in Ibiza, as we had the chance to drive to the other side of the island to have some local paella. The jamon in Ibiza was delicious as well. Aside from enjoying the beach and sleeping until the early afternoon, we went to see Tiesto play at Privilege! He was amazing, and I will certainly post some video soon. We also partied it up at Space the night before. Ibiza is definitely the perfect mix of relaxation and party time.
We will definitely be back to Ibiza in 2011!
Hmm, never been to Coachella, but I’m hearing that it’s so magical! Tiesto, Muse, MGMT, Kaskade, and a bunch of others are on the line up for Saturday. And, it looks like JayZ is up on Friday. Hmm. I may have to make a pit stop @ Coachella to check out what the fuss is all out! Weeeeoweee!
After venturing to Aria, we walked over to The Crystals, which is a huge shopping plaza filled with every high end boutique you can think of. Inside, you’ll also find popular LA restaurants such as Mastro’s, Beso (by Eva Longoria), and Wolfgang Puck. This shopping complex is definitely huge, modern, but it’s just too empty. I know they will be adding more stores, but there is too much dead space.
My first impression when we walked into The Crystals was that it felt cold & desolate. The massive amounts of space, created an uncomfortable feeling. It felt more like a museum, and the store fronts were just works of art. Which explains why everyone just glared at the window displays and kept walking. It’s a great place to get some exercise in, since the walkways are super wide.
All the major hotels in Vegas, g0t decked out for Chinese New Year. So naturally, I snapped some photos to share with everyone. Also, we had the chance to visit the new Aria hotel/casino and The Crystals. Enjoy my photos!
We had the most awesome trip to Vegas over the weekend. Celebrated both Chinese New Year & Valentine’s Day @ the Palazzo.
I played blackjack, dined at Noodles (Bellagio)/Lavo (Palazzo), walked the strip, and also had a chance to just relax and catch the Olympics on TV.
Funniest moment of the entire trip: When we were at the blackjack table, we heard another guy scream out of excitement. He said, “omg, I just almost crapped in my pants”! Hahhaha, I guess he won big. We turned around and looked at him, and he said to us, “i’m serious, i almost did”. Hhahahah
Best thing I ate: Noodle soup w/poached chicken (Noodles Restaurant @ Bellagio)
Best hand @ blackjack: Dealer was showing a 6, I had 15. I hit and pulled a 6 and got 21! F*ck their rule book!
JP flew straight from Japan, and swung by Vegas to spend the weekend with me. He even brought back some gifts for me. It was super thoughtful of him, since he brought back all of my favorites. Looky!
The best omelette’s and mimosa around! They use odwalla oj for the mimosa, and they are sure tasty. I was blitzed after just one!
As we slept, the snow was still coming down. Look!
OMG!!! I was greeted with heavy rains and traffic. Boo! However, I did get to stop by Out the Door for Vietnamese food, and dessert at my fav. spot in San Mateo.
With world class DJ’s, beautiful people, picturesque beaches, and parties on the beach, it’s no wonder why thousands of Europeans (and tourists) flock to Ibiza during the summer. I’ve heard many good things about this place, so I’m going to have to check it out first hand!
For many years, JP & I have traveled to Tokyo for business. We frequent an area called Roppongi Hills, which is known for the famous Mori Building, posh boutiques, trendy hotels, and a slew of beautiful Japanese women. My 1st impression of Tokyo, was just sensory overload. They have great local cuisine, thousands of fashion boutiques, nightlife, and a transit system we can only dream of having here in LA.
Aside from all the cool stuff we got to see and experience, I always had an uneasy feeling about the stuff that probably goes on behind the scenes. The nightlife in Toyko is a bit sketchy, and features tons of “hostess” bars, which features scantily clad women serving up drinks (any many other services). By day, you witness the hustle and bustle in the subway and on the streets. By night, Roppongi Hills is filled with well dressed Japanese women (in group of 2 or 3), hanging in and around hotel lobbies. As you venture closer to Roppongi Crossing, you’ll see an eclectic mix of scantily clad Japanese women, Nigerian bouncers, and a mix of tourists. I couldn’t help but wonder, what type of stuff goes down in those “hostess” bar establishments. Things just seemed a bit fishy to me. Well, I just came across an article in LA Times about Roppongi Hills, and types of crimes that flourish this ultra trendy area. If you’re thinking about traveling to Tokyo, please read this article.
Okay okay, they didn’t take him, but they wanted more! During JP’s fabulous excursion to Osaka last year, he texted me frantically, talking about some crazy monkeys. I was a bit confused at first, but as the photos started pouring in, I began to scratch my head. Could JP be in danger? And, why is that monkey all up close and personal.
Turns out, JP & his friend were driving through Mino (Japan) and these monkeys are notorious for just hanging out. Like, literally hanging from peoples cars and lounging around on the road. It’s totally their stomping grounds. As they were driving through this area, a monkey jumped on the car and peeked inside. His friend said it was totally normal and that they just wanted food. Hehehehe. If I was there, I’d roll down the window and slap him (or her) with a banana! Or maybe that wouldn’t be a good idea, since it would attract the other monkeys to roll out and attack me (and the car). Either way, I wouldn’t let them mess with me or JP!
Over the weekend, we took off for a fabulous road trip to Palm Dessert/Indian Wells for JP’s tennis matches. This was my 1st time back to the Palm Dessert area, every since I was a lil girl. Not knowing what to expect, I cleared my mind and made the best of our road trip together.
3 Targets, 2 Walmarts, 2 In N Outs, and 50 gazillion palm trees later, we finally made it to Palm Dessert. Oh yea, did I mention we stopped by Dessert Hills Outlet, where retail stuff goes to die the super popular place people rave and rant about for great deals?! We hopped off and quickly walked around the outlet, only to discover that we were bamboozled! If we can never find anything good @ Neiman Marcus or any other sales locally, then what in the world we were doing at the outlets?! I guess some people get lucky, and find something decent at these outlets. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good deal, but paying $800 for a lime green Prada bag is not my idea of a steal! I can see why it was tossed into the dessert, for touristas and deal hunters to go wild for. Any who, it’s definitely a spot you’d want to stop off, if you want to have some free time away from your in-laws or passengers in your car. haahhahah. You can keep them entertained for hours and hours!!!
24 hours later, we bounced and headed back home to LA. Indian Wells is definitely nice and every golfers dream, but it just didn’t have the craziness and spunk of LA. =)